Driver: Chase Purdy
Car: Bama Buggies / Polaris No. 17 Toyota & No. 97 Super Late Model
Race: World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing featuring the Jet Tools 150
Track Description: .500-mile high-banked oval
Date/Time: Friday, February 17 & Sunday February 19 (7:30 pm)
Race Length: 35 Laps (SLM), 150 Laps (K&N)
TV Coverage: NBC Sports Network – Taped (K&N)
Radio Coverage: None
Last Race Recap: January ended with Chase making a statement about his 2017 racing endeavors. Following an off-sync pit strategy, Chase managed his tires and was able to fight his way to a fifth place finish during CRA Speedfest at Watermelon Capital Speedway in his No. 97 Toyota super late model, a race filled with racers from the top three tiers of NASCAR.
Practice Makes Perfect: Chase has five days of track time scheduled over the course of this weekend. The David Gilliland Racing team has a private super late model test scheduled for Wednesday, followed by a track test day on Thursday and racing on Friday. On Saturday, Chase will practice his K&N car and race it on Sunday night. Only during his Legend car days as a professional racing hopeful has he ever had this much track time over the course of a week.
New Car, Big Expectations: Chase was named the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year on the strength of a double-digit win tally during his first year as a weekly racer in stock cars. This year, he pilots a car for David Gilliland Racing in their first year as a full-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series team. The last time anything named “Gilliland” unloaded at New Smyrna, a trophy went home with the driver, Todd Gilliland. Todd’s car for New Smyrna was prepared alongside of Chase’s this week in the DGR shop, meaning either driver is capable of taking home the win.
Chase’s Thoughts: “I’m anxious! I’m definitely ready to get in the K&N car at New Smyrna and see if we can roll off the trailer with some speed. On the super side of things, I’m not very concerned because we have a great thing going on that side of the shop and the goal of running the super this weekend is to get track time for Sunday. The biggest challenge for me is going to be adjusting to both cars over the course of the weekend and trying to win two races.”
The Skinny: For more information about Chase, explore his website at www.ChasePurdyRacing.com. He can also be found on social media such as Twitter (@ChasePurdy12) and Instagram (@chase_purdy).
Credit: Performance Marketing Group